WSC TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES ADOPTION OF IWWF RULE BOOK AND CANADIAN ADDITIONAL RULES

In a significant move to enhance the standardisation and quality of water ski competitions across Canada, the Technical Committee of Water Ski Canada (WSC) is pleased to announce the formal adoption of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) Rule Book, supplemented by a Canadian Additional Rules (Addendum), as the new official rulebook governing all Water Ski & Wakeboard Canada water ski sanctioned competitions.

This pivotal adoption aligns Canadian water skiing more closely with international standards, ensuring that Canadian athletes and officials are well-prepared and familiar with the rules that govern international competitions. “Adopting the IWWF Rule Book, along with our specific Canadian Addition Rules (Addendum), represents a strategic step towards harmonizing our competition rules with global standards,” said Chuck Kraus, Chair of the Technical Committee of Water Ski Canada.

The adoption of the IWWF Rule Book, supplemented by a local addendum, is consistent with existing practice in virtually all other jurisdictions, including Australia, Great Britain, France, Spain, and the Europe & Africa Region. The Canadian Additional Rules (Addendum) addresses specific national considerations and adaptations, ensuring that the IWWF Rule Book applies effectively within the unique context of Canadian water skiing. This integration facilitates a smoother transition for athletes competing internationally and supports Canadian officials in mastering the rules that are used on the world stage.

“Our athletes are competing and excelling on an international platform. It is essential that the rules guiding our national competitions are consistent with what our teams face abroad,” added Russ Dickson, President of Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada. “This adoption not only helps in training our athletes and officials with a global perspective but also enhances the integrity and fairness of our competitions.”

Water Ski Canada is committed to providing continuous education and resources to ensure that all stakeholders, including athletes, coaches, and officials, are updated and fully informed about the new rule book. Upcoming workshops and seminars will be held across the country to facilitate a comprehensive understanding and implementation of the IWWF rules and the Canadian Addendum.

For further information, updates on workshops, and detailed insights into the new rule book, please visit waterskicanada.ca or contact info@wswc.ca.

About Water Ski Canada

Waterski Canada is the national governing body for the sport of water skiing, dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in Canadian water skiing. Supporting athletes from grassroots to elite levels, Water Ski Canada fosters the development of competitive water skiing and ensures a thriving future for the sport.

WSC 2024 Rulebook/Addendum: https://waterskicanada.ca/officials/officials-resources/rule-books/

SCHEDULE POSTED: WESTERN CANADIAN WATER SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

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The 2024 Western Canadian Water Ski Championships will take place at Shalom Park in Edmonton, Alberta from August 8-10, 2024.

The schedule of events is now available. CLICK HERE to view.

To register for the event, CLICK HERE.

BULLETIN #2 POSTED FOR 2024 IWWF WORLD 35+ WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS

The IWWF is pleased to announce that Bulletin 2 for the 2024 IWWF World Over 35 Waterski Championships is now available. The event will be held September 4 – 8, 2024 in Seseña, Toledo, Spain.

View and Download Bulletin No. 2 

List of Qualified Invidudal Skiers

View IWWF Event Website Here 

 

2025 IWWF WORLD UNIVERSITY WATERSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE HELD IN NEW ZEALAND

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The IWWF Executive Board has approved a bid from New Zealand Waterski Association to host the 2025 IWWF World University Waterski Championships at the Auckland Water Ski Club (AWSC). The Championships, which will include the three traditional events of slalom, tricks and jump, will be held February 26 through March 2, 2025 at the Orakei Basin in Auckland. The dates have been selected to align with New Zealand’s peak summer period and pre- Moomba Masters.

This will be the first IWWF World Titled traditional waterski event hosted by New Zealand and the first since our separation from the FISU World University Championships program.  It will be towed exclusively by the World Record-Setting Ski Nautique.

The IWWF World University Waterski Championships is a team event comprised of skiers between the ages of 17 and 25 who are full time students in good standing at an accredited university.

The event itself has a very rich tradition with many of the world’s top skiers competing over the years. Beginning in 1996 with the first IWSF World University Trophy Tournament, in Milledgeville, Georgia, USA and a second IWSF World University Trophy Tournament in 1998 in Cleveland, Tennessee, the IWSF went on to sanction the 1st World University Waterski Championships in Tianjin, China, in 2002. The Tianjin event, probably the largest amateur waterski event in history with tens of thousands in attendance, was broadcast live on China’s National TV Network, which at the time had a total viewership of 600,000,000.

In 2002, The IWSF (Now IWWF) partnered with the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and FISU sanctioned events in Balakovo, Russia (2004), Tianjin, China (2008), Santiago, Chile (2012) and Akita, Japan (2016). Events were also scheduled for Dnipro, Ukraine in 2020 and Minsk, Belarus in 2022.  Both were canceled, the first by COVID-19 pandemic, the second due to the war.  Ukraine was rescheduled to 2024 but had to be canceled once again due to the war.

2025 marks the beginning of a new era as the World University Championships returns to the IWWF. The next event, hopefully, will take place in 2026 and will include two or more sport disciplines, conducted under the umbrella of the “IWWF University Worlds.”

For further information on the IWWF World University Water Ski Championships, please contact IWWF World University Commission Chairman, Phil Chase.

CANADIAN ATHLETES SHINE AT MOOMBA

Photos by: Sporting Moments by Shaun and Moomba Masters
What a weekend for Canadian water skiing at Jr. Moomba and Moomba Masters! Massive congratulations to our talented athletes who made us proud down under!
Every Canadian is coming home with hardware! Here’s a rundown of our podium finishers:
Moomba Masters:
Ryan Dodd – 1st in Men’s Jump
Whitney McClintock Rini – 2nd in Women’s Slalom
Neilly Ross – 2nd in Women’s Trick
Jr. Moomba:
Charlie Ross – 2nd in Boys Slalom
Hannah Stopnicki – 3rd in Girls Trick
George Malinovski – 3rd in Boys Jump & Overall

2024 CANADIAN ADAPTIVE NATIONAL WATER SKI TEAM

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WSWC is thrilled to introduce the 2024 Canadian Adaptive National Water Ski Team.
Meet the extraordinary athletes representing Canada:
Ashley Baerg, SK
Nolan Barnes, BC
Rob Gosse, BC
Phil Kerr, ON
Gord Tuck, BC
Blake Lamontagne, SK
Dave Sagal, AB
Braeson Schacher, AB
Jonathan Sieswerda, AB
These athletes showcase dedication, talent, and resilience as they represent Canada.

2024 CANADIAN JUNIOR NATIONAL WATER SKI TEAM

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Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada is excited to announce the 2024 Canadian Jr. National Water Ski Team. This team is composed of 11 exceptional athletes from 6 provinces.

Introducing the 2024 Canadian Jr. National Water Ski Team: 

Nellie Allard, QC

Carly Bonham, AB

Jacob Chambers, BC

Sean Kraus, AB

Evan Kraus, AB

Darah LaChance, NS

Carter Lucas, SK

Megan Pelkey, AB

Lucas Pinette, BC

Kate Pinsonneault, BC

Ben Wheeler, ON

Congratulations to these remarkable athletes for their hard work and determination in earning their spots on the team.

2024 JR. CANADIAN OPEN WATER SKI EVENT RETURNS

Edmonton, Alberta – The Junior Canadian Open Water Skiing event is back for its third annual installment, scheduled to take place from July 12-14, 2024 at the picturesque Shalom Park.

The event will once again be webcast live and if you missed the 2022 and 2023 events they are still available on YouTube. The Junior Canadian Open is not just a competition it’s a celebration of talent, sportsmanship, and the relentless pursuit of excellence.

This exciting event promises to showcase the incredible talents of young skiers in all three disciplines with participants under 17 and 21 years from across the globe. Meet the upcoming stars of our sport, a few who will be heading to the U21 Worlds at the end of July in Calgary, Alberta at Predator Bay Waterski Site.

Set against the backdrop of Shalom Park, which will be celebrating its 39th year, the event promises high-octane action and fierce competition as rising stars in the sport take to the waters. Spectators can expect a display of skill and determination as these young athletes compete in all three disciplines, promising unforgettable moments and record-breaking performances.

2023 WSWC FEMALE JUNIOR WATER SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

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Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is proud to celebrate the remarkable achievements of Megan Pelkey during the 2023 water ski season. Megan’s performance this year has been nothing short of extraordinary, earning her the title of the 2023 WSWC Female Junior Water Ski Athlete of the Year! 

Megan’s 2023 season brought success at multiple events. Megan’s season started off by qualifying to compete in overall at the Jr. Masters. At this event, Megan placed 3rd in trick and jump and won overall, earning herself the title as Jr. Masters Girls Overall Champion. Megan’s next event was the U21 World Championships where she was part of Team Canada.

Mid-season, Megan competed at home at the Jr. Canadian Open where she stood on the podium in every event. This included two gold medals in trick and overall. Megan continued her success in Canada at the Western Canadian Championships where she won slalom, trick and overall. In addition, she placed 2nd in jump. 

Megan’s winning streak continued in Canada at the Canadian national Championships where she swept the U17 Girls division. Megan was atop of the podium in slalom, trick, jump and overall! 

To finish off the 2023 season, Megan made her debut at the World Championships, earning a wild card spot for Canada. 

Throughout the season, Megan pushed her limits and skied to personal bests in both the trick and jump events. She continues to demonstrate growth and dedication to the sport. 

Congratulations, Megan Pelkey, on an exceptional season and being named the 2023 WSWC Female Junior Water Ski Athlete of the year! We look forward to witnessing your continued success! 

2023 WSWC MALE WATER SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

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Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is pleased to announce Ryan Dodd as the recipient of the 2023 WSWC Male Water Ski Athlete of the Year Award! 

Ryan’s exceptional 2023 season began with a win at the Moomba Masters event in Australia, setting the stage for what would be a season of success. From there, Ryan’s winning streak continued as he claimed the top spot on the podium at the Masters at Callaway Gardens. 

As the season progressed, Ryan’s quest for excellence took him to California, where he once again took first place at the California Pro Am. However, it was the end of the season that brought Ryan even more success at the 2023 IWWF World Waterski Championships in Florida. 

Ryan emerged victorious the final time during the 2023 season at the World Championships, marking his fifth consecutive victory and earning him the title of 5-time World Jump Champion. This incredible achievement is a testament to Ryan’s unwavering commitment to excellence and his unmatched talent on the water. 

Join us in congratulating Ryan Dodd on this well-deserved award and celebrating his outstanding accomplishments this season. His remarkable achievements serve as an inspiration to athletes everywhere, and we are proud to honour him as the 2023 WSWC Male Water Ski Athlete of the Year. 

2023 WSWC FEMALE WATER SKI ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

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Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is thrilled to announce Jaimee Bull as the recipient of the 2023 WSWC Female Water Ski Athlete of the Year! 

Jaimee Bull’s remarkable achievements throughout the 2023 season have solidified her as one of the top athletes in the sport. Jaimee secured the title of Open World Women’s Slalom Champion for the second consecutive year and claimed the 2023 Waterski Pro Tour Champion title for the third consecutive year. 

Throughout the 2023 season, Jaimee consistently showcased her skill on the water, standing on the podium at an impressive 11 professional events. Among these achievements, Jaimee clinched four top place finishes, second in four events, and achieved third place in three events. 

Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada extends congratulations to Jaimee Bull for her outstanding performance and achievements in the 2023 season. Her dedication, hard work, and passion for the sport serve as an inspiration to athletes across the world. 

2023 WSWC FEMALE ADAPTIVE DEVELOPMENT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

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It is with immense pleasure that Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) announces Alberta’s  Kendra Erhardt as the recipient of the 2023 WSWC Female Adaptive Development Water Ski Athlete of the Year award. Kendra’s exceptional journey in competitive water skiing is captivating, showcasing unparalleled dedication, outstanding performance, and a relentless commitment to excellence in the sport.

In just two seasons, Kendra has risen to prominence, demonstrating remarkable skills and an unwavering passion for water skiing. Her relentless pursuit of self-improvement is evident through countless hours spent honing her abilities and pushing her own limits to achieve excellence.

Not only does Kendra excel on the water, but she also embodies the values of fair play and good sportsmanship. Her integrity and respect for her fellow athletes shine through in both national and international competitions, setting a positive example for all.

Kendra’s contributions extend beyond her individual achievements; she actively fosters a supportive environment within the water skiing community. Through her teamwork and camaraderie, she uplifts her fellow athletes, sharing knowledge and experiences to promote good sportsmanship and development.

As a member of the Canadian World Water Ski Team, Kendra’s dedication to her teammates is unparalleled. Her positive attitude and genuine support contribute significantly to the cohesion and success of the team.

Kendra Erhardt’s journey is one of continuous improvement and success, driven by her passion for the sport, outstanding sportsmanship, and unwavering team spirit. Honoring Kendra with this award not only celebrates her individual achievements but also serves as inspiration for others to follow in her footsteps.

Please join us in congratulating Kendra Erhardt on this well-deserved recognition as the 2023 WSWC Female Development Adaptive Athlete of the Year!

2023 WSWC MALE ADAPTIVE DEVELOPMENT ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

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With immense pride and enthusiasm, Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) is thrilled to announce Alberta’s Braeson Schacher as the recipient of the 2023 WSWC Male Adaptive Development Athlete of the Year. Braeson’s remarkable performance, unwavering dedication, and exceptional sportsmanship have truly set him apart as a beacon of excellence in the realm of adaptive water skiing.

Braeson’s achievements are nothing short of extraordinary. As the top male team score  contributor at the World Championships, he has amassed a staggering 2407 points, representing an impressive 22.5% of Canada’s total team score. His consistent excellence has not only propelled him to the forefront of national competitions but has also resonated on the international stage, showcasing his exceptional skill and talent as an athlete.

However, beyond the numbers, Braeson embodies the true spirit of sportsmanship and fair play. His conduct both on and off the water reflects a genuine love for the sport and a profound respect for his fellow competitors. Despite his remarkable success, Braeson remains humble, gracious, and always ready to celebrate the achievements of others, creating an inspiring environment for all involved in adaptive water skiing.

Braeson’s commitment to training is commendable. He consistently demonstrates an unyielding dedication to fitness and skill development, continually pushing the boundaries of his own capabilities. His tireless efforts not only elevate his personal performance but also serve as a source of inspiration for aspiring athletes within the adaptive water skiing community.

Remarkably, this marks only Braeson’s second season competing in Adaptive Water Skiing, further underscoring the depth of his talent and dedication to the sport.

Braeson Schacher is more than just an exceptional athlete; he is a role model who embodies the values of excellence, sportsmanship, and commitment. His outstanding achievements on the national and international stage, coupled with his positive attitude and unwavering dedication to training, make him the perfect choice for the title of 2023 WSWC Male Adaptive Development Athlete of the Year.

Congratulations, Braeson, on this well-deserved honor!

2023 WSWC FEMALE ADAPTIVE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

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It is with immense pride and honor that we announce Saskatchewan’s Ashley Baerg as the 2023 WSWC Female Adaptive Water Ski Athlete of the Year. Ashley’s journey in the sport is a testament to her resilience, dedication, and unwavering commitment to excellence.

After a brief hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashley rekindled her passion for water skiing and embarked on a remarkable journey of skill refinement and athletic achievement. Her training began in April at our High-Performance Camp in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she honed her abilities on the water. Continuing her rigorous pursuit of success, Ashley further trained in her hometown of Saskatoon at the Saskatoon Water Ski Club, enhancing her skills in preparation for the Canadian Nationals.

Ashley’s dedication to her craft was evident as she joined the High-Performance week-long camp in Lacombe, AB, leading up to Nationals, where she competed in all three events. She solidified her position as a key member of the World Championships Team in Sacramento, California, participating in the pre-worlds camp at Lakeside Ranch and showcasing her skills in a local tournament at Bell Aqua Lake.

At the pinnacle of her achievements, Ashley emerged as Canada’s top female team score contributor at the Worlds, contributing a remarkable 2,411.85 points, representing 22.54% of Canada’s total team score. Her stellar performance included securing the bronze in Slalom, a 5th-place finish in tricks, and an impressive 2nd place in Jump. Additionally, she attained the 2nd position in overall points in the seated women category, solidifying her status as a leading figure in adaptive water skiing.

Beyond her athletic prowess, Ashley serves as an exemplary role model, embodying the values of the Adaptive Water Ski Team through her sportsmanship and fair play. Her dedication to excellence and unwavering commitment to the sport make her a beacon of inspiration for women in sports everywhere.

We are incredibly proud to have Ashley representing Canada in adaptive water skiing. Her contributions to the sport are truly commendable, and we have no doubt that she will continue to leave a positive impact on the water skiing community for years to come.

Congratulations, Ashley, on this well-deserved honor!